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Ravens, LB Zach Orr Progressing Towards Deal

The Ravens and linebacker Zach Orr have made “considerable progress” towards an extension agreement, tweets Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Baltimore has a press conference scheduled for Friday, leading La Canfora to speculate that the club could announce the new contract at that time.Zach Orr (Vertical)

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Orr, 24, is a former undrafted free agent, meaning that although his three-year UDFA deal was set to expire this spring, he still would have been under the Ravens’ control as a restricted free agent. As such, Baltimore would have had the option of extending him a first-round tender (worth around $3.8MM), a second-rounder tender (~$2.75MM), or a right of first refusal tender (~$1.75MM). The first two offers would have entitled the Ravens to draft pick compensation if Orr signed with another club, while the latter tender would have given Baltimore the right to match any offer sheet, but would not have netted the club a pick if it opted not to equal a rival’s overture.

Instead, the Ravens are close to locking up Orr for (presumably) several years following a 2016 campaign that saw the North Texas alum become a starter for the first time in his career. Chosen to replace the departed veteran Daryl Smith next to C.J. Mosley in the starting lineup, Orr appeared in 15 games and played the most defensive snaps of any Baltimore ‘backer. In that span, Orr racked up 89 tackles, three interceptions, and five passes defensed, but didn’t grade out well according to Pro Football Focus, which ranked him as the NFL’s seventh-worst linebacker among 87 qualifiers.

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Ravens Name Joe D'Allessandris O-Line Coach

  • The Ravens have announced the hiring of Joe D’Allessandris as their offensive line coach. He’ll replace Juan Castillo, who went to Buffalo. D’Allessandris oversaw the Chargers’ O-line from 2013-15.

Ravens Could Release Elvis Dumervil

  • After four seasons, the Ravens are likely to part with pass rusher Elvis Dumervil this winter, writes Clifton Brown of CSNMidAtlantic.com. By releasing Dumervil, who has one year left on his contract, the Ravens would open up $6MM in cap space. Baltimore could use those savings to find a cover corner or offensive weapon, Brown suggests. Dumervil, who’s celebrating his 33rd birthday today, is coming off an eight-game, three-sack season. He missed just one contest out of 48 from 2013-15 and combined for 32.5 sacks, including a lofty 17.5 in 2014.

NFLPA Announces Cap Carryover Amounts

The NFL Players Association has announced all 32 teams’ salary cap carryover amounts for the 2017 season (Twitter link). Next season’s cap figure isn’t yet known, but it’s likely to be in the $165MM range. When that becomes official, it can be added to each team’s carryover amount to determine that club’s official spending room for 2017.

Here are this year’s carryover totals:

  1. Cleveland Browns: $50,123,269
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: $39,314,310
  3. San Francisco 49ers: $38,708,916
  4. Tennessee Titans: $24,046,522
  5. Washington Redskins: $15,055,131
  6. Carolina Panthers: $13,208,020
  7. Miami Dolphins: $8,363,708
  8. Chicago Bears: $8,103,197
  9. Oakland Raiders: $8,000,000
  10. Green Bay Packers: $7,984,687
  11. Philadelphia Eagles: $7,933,869
  12. Denver Broncos: $7,243,248
  13. Indianapolis Colts: $6,614,106
  14. Cincinnati Bengals: $6,578,866
  15. New Orleans Saints: $5,754,000
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $5,330,779
  17. New England Patriots: $5,292,335
  18. Kansas City Chiefs: $5,002,168
  19. Houston Texans: $4,935,924
  20. Detroit Lions: $4,725,644
  21. Arizona Cardinals: $4,405,068
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers: $3,269,367
  23. Buffalo Bills: $2,837,222
  24. Baltimore Ravens: $2,553,126
  25. Dallas Cowboys: $2,401,553
  26. Seattle Seahawks: $2,065,865
  27. New York Giants: $1,800,000
  28. Atlanta Falcons: $926,541
  29. Minnesota Vikings: $400,184
  30. New York Jets: $371,487
  31. Los Angeles Rams: $304,311
  32. Los Angeles Chargers: $113,693

Ravens Lose Juan Castillo To Bills

  • Along with officially hiring Leslie Frazier as their new defensive coordinator, the Bills announced the additions of Juan Castillo (offensive line coach/run game coordinator) and Bob Babich (linebackers) to their coaching staff Friday. They’ll also retain special teams coach Danny Crossman for a fifth season. Castillo, who spent the past four years with the Ravens, was previously a longtime staff member in Philadelphia – where he became familiar with new Bills head coach Sean McDermott. Babich coached the Chargers’ linebackers this past season, which came after a three-year run as the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator.

Ravens To Hire Greg Roman As Offensive Assistant

  • Former Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman will sign on with the Ravens‘ coaching staff, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com tweets. The Ravens are sticking with Marty Mornhinweg as OC, so Roman will be there in some kind of assistant role. Cabot notes that the Browns were eying him for an assistant gig.

Ravens Hope Steve Smith Will Keep Playing

On New Year’s Day, Steve Smith announced that he is walking away from football. Days later, the Ravens aren’t so sure that they can’t get him to change his mind. Steve Smith (vertical)

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I haven’t given up hope that Steve Smith is going to come walking in here in September,” owner Steve Bisciotti said. “We’ll see about that character. I wouldn’t count him out.”

Smith, meanwhile, shrugged off Bisciotti’s comments.

Man, I’m retired,” Smith told Fox Sports 1. “I sent that paperwork to Roger Goodell January 2.

At 37, Smith was the NFL’s oldest receiver, but he was still quite productive. He hauled in 70 catches (third on the team), 799 yards receiving (second), and five touchdown catches (first). By the same token, Smith has been thinking about retirement for at least the last year and he is looking to spend more time with his family. Bisciotti & Co. will try, but it sounds like Smith will stick to his plan.

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Ravens Could Sign Veteran Wide Receiver

The Ravens are losing Steve Smith to retirement, and Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome isn’t ruling out the idea of replacing Smith’s production with a free agent veteran receiver, according to Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link). In addition to Smith, Kamar Aiken is also an unrestricted free agent, and has recently indicated that he’s unlikely to return to the Ravens in 2017.Ozzie Newsome (vertical)

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Baltimore’s passing game ranked 26th in DVOA last season, and while that metric factors in the play of quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offensive line, the club’s wide receiving corps was nothing special in 2016. Losing Smith and Aiken won’t help matters, as Mike Wallace now projects as Baltimore’s No. 1 wideout entering the offseason. 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore, Michael Campanaro, Vince Mayle, and Keenan Reynolds currently represent the rest of the Ravens’ pass-catching depth chart.

Wide receiver isn’t the deepest position on the 2017 open market, but this year’s crop of wideouts does offer some intriguing options. Alshon Jeffery — who ranked No. 4 on the latest edition of PFR’s Free Agent Power Rankings — may hit the market if the Bears don’t opt to use the franchise tag for a second consecutive year, while Terrelle Pryor and Michael Floyd also present varying levels of upside. Second-tier receivers include Kendall Wright, Brandon LaFell, Pierre Garcon, Kenny Britt, and Kenny Stills, while bargain basement options such as Anquan Boldin and Ted Ginn should also be available.

In addition to wide receiver, Newsome also stated a desire to add depth to Baltimore’s secondary and improve the club’s offensive line, per Zriebec (Twitter link). Head coach John Harbaugh also spoke to the media today, and indicated that he’s talking to one internal candidate, as well as NFL and college coaches, in an effort to fill the Ravens’ open quarterbacks coach position (link).

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Greg Roman Could Join Ravens

  • Former Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman could potentially join the Ravens staff in some undefined role, per La Canfora (all Twitter links). Baltimore recently announced that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will return for the 2017 campaign, so Roman — who has remained in contact with head coach John Harbaugh — could join the Ravens in a run-game director capacity.

Ravens To Bring Terrell Suggs Back In 2017

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is under contract through 2018, but he’s due to carry a cap number of $6.95MM in each of the next two seasons. That’s a significant amount of money for a player who turns 35 next fall and has suffered two biceps tears in four years. Still, general manager Ozzie Newsome tells reporters that he’ll be back with the next in 2017. Terrell Suggs (vertical)

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This year, Suggs played through his injury and missed only one regular season game. He finished the year with strong numbers: eight sacks, 33 total tackles, and three forced fumbles. However, he appears to have lost a step in his mid-30s and the advanced numbers indicate show that he’s not the elite-level force he once was. Suggs finished the year as Pro Football Focus’ No. 40 ranked edge defender out of 109 qualified players.

Despite all of that, the Ravens intend on keeping Suggs and he has already ruled out retirement. As the Ravens’ only top-90 ranked edge rusher in 2016 (per PFF), it makes sense for Baltimore to bring him back, even if he’s no longer playing like a Pro Bowler.

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